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Craig Williamson

Professor, The Alfred H. and Peggi Bloom Professorship

English Literature

Contact

  1. Email:cwillia1@swarthmore.edu
  2. Phone: (610) 328-8154
  3. Lang Performing Arts Center 203
  4. Office Hours: Wed 12:30-1:30
Craig Williamson

Craig Williamson has edited the definitive edition of The Old English Riddles of the Exeter Book and also published A Feast of Creatures: Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Songs. He teaches courses in medieval and renaissance literature, a survey of early English literature, and the history of the English language. He is also a published poet and translator participating in the department's creative writing offerings. He has published two books of poems about Africa: African Wings (poems with a foreword by Alan Paton) and L.S. Senghor's Selected Poems/Poésie Choisies (a bilingual edition with poems and translations). His latest books are Beowulf and Other Old English Poems and a translation of The Complete Old English Poems (31,000 lines of poetry) into modern, strong-stress, alliterative poetry. His current projects include an alliterative translation of the Hebrew Psalms with Helen Plotkin, a translation of two Old Saxon poems (the Vatican Genesis Fragments and the Heliand), and a study of the nature of riddles and riddlic play in Old English poetry and the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien.